Drusilla Modjeska is one of Australia's most acclaimed writers. She was born in England but lived in Papua before arriving in Australia in 1971. Her books include Exiles at Home; the NSW Premier's Award winning Poppy; Sisters, which she co-edited, the Nita B. Kibble, NSW Premier's Award and Australian Bookseller's Book of the Year Award winner The Orchard; Timepieces and Secrets with Robert Dessaix and Amanda Lohrey. She is also the author of the bestselling Stravinsky's Lunch. The Mountain is her first novel.